Reverend Kathy Kiuna’s last born son, Jeremy Kiuna, recently opened up about a low moment in his life where the contemplated suicide right after moving to the United States for studies. He spoke about how depression pulled him to a very dark path. He said:
“My parents took me to the US after primary school, I thought we were just going to travel, what I did not know is that my parents were leaving me behind to study. The first school I went too was largely dominated by white students and I stayed for weeks before I talked to anyone. I would go sit somewhere and take my meals alone before going back to class.”
Jeremy was then moved to a school with a higher number of black students and this made him feel at home.
“I was later transferred to a new manchester high school, which is largely dominated by black students and for the first time I felt at home. I had tried to commit suicide twice. One day I called my dad and decided to talk to him about what I was going through. After talking to him, I then talked to my mum and when I told her that I had tried committing suicide, she screamed.”
Jeremy’s father, Bishop Allan Kiuna, spoke about how much distress he got from the phone-call from his son. He said, “That call from my son that he had wanted to commit suicide is a call no parent should receive. I screamed and wondered how that could be happening to a boy I had raised in so much love, a boy who was so confident.”